On Friday afternoon, word emerged that the Philadelphia Phillies have opted to let manager Charlie Manuel go, replacing him with third base coach, Ryne Sandberg. For Philadelphia fans, the move is tough to grasp at first, mainly considering Manuel had been with the club since 2005 and had guided them to a World Series championship in 2008.
While Sandberg’s name is already grabbing headlines around the sports world, the Phillies do appear to be making a good move in naming their third base coach to the managerial spot in place of Manuel. Sandberg has long been waiting for his chance to earn a managerial position and its a move that could certainly pay dividends down the line for the Phillies’ organization. However, is it worth making the call at Manuel’s expense?
Consider this, Philadelphia has not had a losing season under Manuel and in fact, that organization is currently in the midst of its first sub .500 mark since 2002. Philadelphia is an astonishing 20.5 games back of first place in the NL East heading into Friday night’s contest, but that’s a true testament to how well the Atlanta Braves have played this season.
In all, one losing season — considering the Phillies don’t make up 14 games in the win column between now and the end of the year — cost Manuel his job. It’s a bit perplexing when you look at things that way, especially considering he brought a championship to the town just five years ago.
Philadelphia is making the move however, and now it’s time to see if Sandberg will be the one to hold the Phillies’ reigns in the dugout moving forward.